SB 29: "An Act establishing the position of regional seafood development coordinator in the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 29                                                                          
01 "An Act establishing the position of regional seafood development coordinator in the                                    
02 Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute."                                                                                    
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 16.51.080 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                          
05            (b)  The executive director may, with the approval of the board, select and                                  
06       employ a regional seafood development coordinator.  The regional seafood                                          
07       development coordinator is in the exempt service under AS 39.25.110.  The regional                                
08       seafood development coordinator shall, in conjunction with the commissioner of                                    
09       commerce, community, and economic development, assist in and encourage the                                        
10       formation of qualified regional seafood development associations under AS 44.33.065                               
11       and shall provide assistance and advice to qualified regional seafood development                                 
12       associations regarding the development and operation of regional seafood                                          
13       development programs.                                                                                             
14    * Sec. 2.  AS 44.33.065(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
01            (a)  The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development,                                    
02       in conjunction with the regional seafood development coordinator of the Alaska                                
03       Seafood Marketing Institute, shall assist in and encourage the formation of a                                 
04       qualified regional seafood development association for each seafood development                                   
05       region identified in (b) of this section for the purpose of promoting and marketing                               
06       Alaska seafood products harvested in the region.  The commissioner shall designate                                
07       the first organization to apply and qualify under this subsection for recognition as the                          
08       qualified association for a region to be the qualified regional seafood development                               
09       association for that seafood development region if the commissioner determines that                               
10       the organization                                                                                                  
11                 (1)  is established for the following purposes:                                                         
12                      (A)  promotion of seafood and seafood by-products that are                                         
13            harvested in the region and processed for sale;                                                              
14                      (B)  promotion of improvements to the commercial fishing                                           
15            industry and infrastructure in the seafood development region;                                               
16                      (C)  establishment of education, research, advertising, or sales                                   
17            promotion programs for seafood products harvested in the region;                                             
18                      (D)  preparation of market research and product development                                        
19            plans for the promotion of seafood and their by-products that are harvested in                               
20            the region and processed for sale;                                                                           
21                      (E)  cooperation with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute                                       
22            and other public or private boards, organizations, or agencies engaged in work                               
23            or activities similar to the work of the organization, including entering into                               
24            contracts for joint programs of consumer education, sales promotion, quality                                 
25            control, advertising, and research in the production, processing, or distribution                            
26            of seafood harvested in the region;                                                                          
27                      (F)  cooperation with commercial fishermen, fishermen's                                            
28            organizations, seafood processors, the Alaska Fisheries Development                                          
29            Foundation, the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center, state and federal                                    
30            agencies, and other relevant persons and entities to investigate market                                      
31            reception to new seafood product forms and to develop commodity standards                                    
01            and future markets for seafood products;                                                                     
02                 (2)  provides for representation of commercial fishing permit holders                                   
03       for each fishery in the region that is subject to a seafood development tax levied under                          
04       AS 43.76.350 - 43.76.399 on the board of directors of the organization;                                           
05                 (3)  provides for membership in the organization by any commercial                                      
06       fisherman who holds a commercial fishing permit for a fishery that is conducted in the                            
07       region and by other persons and groups in the region who wish to be members of the                                
08       organization; and                                                                                                 
09                 (4)  is organized as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the state                                
10       for the purpose of marketing and promoting seafood products taken in the region and                               
11       seafood products taken in fisheries subject to a seafood development tax levied under                             
12       AS 43.76.350 - 43.76.399.